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“My policy of settling down in every place I have visited, taking life a bit leisurely, then moving on only when the authorities begin asking me my intentions, has been shot to pieces during the week I have been in this delightful city of Havana.”

— James Abbe, London Magazine, 1929

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In 1929, James Abbe travelled from Paris to Havana to write an article for the London Magazine about American influence on the island. Ninety years after his visit, Abbe’s granddaughter and great-grandson, along with an associate of the James Abbe Archive, return to Cuba, bringing along a portfolio of images from Abbe’s journey, in advance of the 500th Anniversary of the City of Havana. 

Click here to view a gallery of James Abbe’s photographs from Cuba.

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James Abbe

“During the 1920s and 1930s, James Abbe was among the best-known and most-widely published photographers on the international scene. Prolifically photographing the leading luminaries of the era, Abbe was central to the development of the concept of media-induced celebrity.” From James Abbe: Photographer, forward by Brooks Johnson, Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000

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